Local News Roundup: May 28, 2018

Here are some recent news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

Stanford ‘Ghost’ Houses to Get New Life (May 28)
As discussed with Stanford representatives at the May 16 CTRA meeting, several Stanford-owned homes in College Terrace, which have been vacant for a year or more, will soon be demolished and rebuilt.

College Terrace Coyote Sightings Draw Concern (May 25)
The Weekly does a thorough recap of Peter Gotcher’s presentation to the CTRA board at the May 16 CTRA meeting regarding the recent uptick in coyote sightings in our neighborhood.

New Principals Named for Paly, Escondido, Fairmeadow Schools (May 18)
With Escondido principal Chuck Merritt retiring, the district has named Marcela Simões de Carvalho as the new Escondido principal. Simões de Carvalho is currently the principal of Gabriela Mistral Elementary School in the Mountain View/Whisman School District.

Affordable Housing Fees From Stanford Could Raise $156 Million (May 15)
Santa Clara County could collect at least $156 million in affordable housing dollars from Stanford University in the coming years if the university opts to build out all the new space it has plans for, based on a fee supervisors approved on May 8.

Dealing With Neighborhood Coyotes

Wildlife expert Peter Gotcher of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District spoke at the May 16 CTRA board meeting regarding the recent coyote sightings in our neighborhood. For those who missed the meeting, you can watch Peter’s presentation here:

You can also download his flyer, Managing Neighborhood Coyotes, which contains useful information on making your property (and pets) less appealing to coyotes, as well as how to handle coyote encounters in the neighborhood.

Stanford Housing Construction in College Terrace

Representatives from Stanford attended the May 16 CTRA board meeting to give an update on the homes Stanford owns in College Terrace.

While most of the homes Stanford owns in our neighborhood are in the process of being sold or rented to faculty as-is (or with minor renovations), there are nine that Stanford is going to tear down and rebuild entirely. (Only seven will actually be torn down as two of the lots are currently vacant.)

These nine homes are located at:

  • 2040 Columbia St
  • 2070 Columbia St
  • 2100 Cornell St
  • 2035 Oberlin St
  • 2255 Oberlin St
  • 2320 Princeton St
  • 1015 Stanford Ave
  • 739 College Ave (vacant lot)
  • 757 College Ave (vacant lot)

Construction will be staggered and start between May and September 2018, with projected completion dates between June and October 2019.  Construction hours will be 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 9am to 6pm on Saturdays (no work on Sundays or holidays).

Questions or comments should be directed to the project manager, David Kirk at (650) 721-5794 or dgkirk@stanford.edu.

Coyote Expert at May 16 CTRA Meeting

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District will send wildlife expert Peter Gotcher to speak at the May 16th CTRA meeting regarding the coyote presence in the neighborhood. The meeting will also include an update from Stanford regarding the homes it owns in College Terrace.

The meeting begins at 7:00pm at University Lutheran Church (1611 Stanford Ave at Bowdoin). Peter Gotcher’s presentation will begin around 7:30pm. In the meantime, to report coyote sightings in the neighborhood, call (408) 918-3497.

Hope to see you there!

Local News Roundup: May 7, 2018

Here are some recent news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

City to Narrow Down Redesign Options for Rail (April 25)
The Palo Alto City Council is hoping to reduce the current list of design options for Palo Alto’s rail crossings from 34 down to about 10 at its May 14 meeting. This includes deciding whether to officially abandon one of the most popular options: an underground tunnel through Palo Alto.

Palo Alto Approves Permanent Office Cap (May 1)
The Palo Alto City Council agreed to make permanent the 50,000-square-foot limit on office and research-and-development projects in downtown, around California Avenue and along El Camino Real. However, there is a separate citizen initiative underway to limit commercial growth citywide and make sure it remains at or below the city’s historical average.

Agilent, HP Companies Strike Back at Stanford Lawsuit (May 4)
Back in February, Stanford filed a lawsuit against HP and Agilent, claiming that the companies  contaminated the property now used for Stanford’s University Terrace development (1601 S. California Ave) with hazardous PCBs and TCE for over 30 years. Now, Agilent and HP have filed a response and counterclaim, claiming that Stanford knew about a chemical spill but did nothing about it.

Save the Date: Spring Picnic on May 19

Mark your calendars! The CTRA will be hosting its annual Spring Picnic on Saturday, May 19 from 3pm to 7pm at Mayfield Park, next to the College Terrace Library. We’ll be grilling burgers (meat and veggie) and hot dogs. Drop by, bring a potluck dish to share and meet some of your neighbors from across College Terrace.

By the way, the CTRA Spring and Fall Picnics are made possible by your donations, so why not donate today?

 

Local News Roundup: April 23, 2018

This is the first of a (hopefully) regular series highlighting news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

Palo Alto’s Vin Vino Wine Sold to New Owners (April 13)
Vin Vino Wine, which has been on California Avenue for more than thirty years, has been sold to new owners who plan to renovate the space and expand the business.

Supervisors Set Aside $6M For Teacher Housing in Palo Alto (April 17)
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to set aside $6 million in an affordable-housing fund toward the potential construction of a below-market-rate complex on Grant Ave. (near the California Ave. business district) for teachers and school staff.

Worried by Rail Redesign, Residents Seek to Save Their Homes (April 17)
Neighbors in Southgate (just across El Camino from College Terrace) and Old Palo Alto have created an alliance to influence the city’s decision on the railroad reconfiguration at Churchill and Alma. The group is concerned that some of the options the city is considering may involve seizing up to 36 residential properties through eminent domain.

“Workforce Housing” Project Scores a Victory (April 22)
On Thursday morning, Palo Alto’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) endorsed the 57-unit development proposed at 2755 El Camino Real: the corner of El Camino and Page Mill currently used as a VTA parking lot.

Mayor to Address CTRA Annual Meeting

Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss, who has represented the interests of our city in elected office for over three decades, will address our neighborhood at the annual meeting on Saturday, March 24, at 10am at University Lutheran Church. She has served one 4-year term on the Palo Alto School Board, two on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors sandwiched between five terms, including her current one, on the Palo Alto City Council. In January, she was elected mayor for the third time.

During her long career in public office, she has concurrently served on numerous county committees and regional regulatory authorities, including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which she chaired last year.

For the year, she has cited housing, and specifically senior housing, as one of her top priorities. Her prior career as a nurse, led naturally to her strong support over the years for initiatives related to public health. Between those two issues rests a wealth of experience and engagement in the major challenges facing our city and region.

Come early to personally greet and chat with Liz Kniss prior to the meeting, followed by the election of the CTRA Board, the president’s intro, and the mayor’s remarks.

Read the March 2018 CTRA newsletter, Views from the Terrace, which includes highlights from the past year, as well as information about the CTRA 2018-19 board nominees.

Save the Date: CTRA Annual Meeting on March 24

Mark your calendars! The CTRA’s annual meeting will be Saturday, March 24 at the University Lutheran Church sanctuary. The meeting will run from 10am until 11:30am, with the doors opening for mingling and chat at 9am.

What happens at the CTRA annual meeting? Residents vote on and elect new CTRA board members for the upcoming year, hear from the current CTRA president on the state of the neighborhood, and have the chance to meet with neighbors from throughout College Terrace. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

For those who can’t attend, but want to vote, you can download an absentee ballot for the board election.